So we live in a world where when the president of the United States says — “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan. Period.” — it is a lie. We all know that. It’s not news to us.
What is news, however, is a fairly recent phenomenon of “journalists” not even blinking while giving him a pass.
USA Today headlines a piece this morning like this: "Obama adds caveat to 'You can keep it' declaration."
Caveat? Well that explains it then. Let’s see what that caveat, was shall we? Speaking to a bunch of supporters in Washington, D.C., recently, the president said, "Now, if you had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn't changed since the law passed."
No, Mr. President, that’s not what you said at all. You said we could keep it. PERIOD. In other words, last night you lied to try and escape from the big lie you continually told on the campaign trail.
And so obviously USA Today would have a problem with this, right? Not so much. After blaming Republicans, USA Today said, “At a healthcare summit hosted by Organizing for Action, a political group started by high-ranking alumni of Obama's two presidential campaigns, the president expressed frustration that he's getting beat up for the insurance cancellations.”
Oh, and by the way, that should be “beaten up” — I have a language thing that some people find annoying.
Anyway, back to the whole “up is down” thing.
The president lied, repeated the lie, and had many other people repeat the lie for him during the election. He has now been caught in the lie, not by the media or the Republicans, but by the American people. And his response?: Tell a new lie which his friends in the mainstream media will happily repeat. They even report on the double down!
"People are acting like this is some new phenomenon," Obama said.
No, Mr. President. People were simply too trusting in a president who told us over and over and over again, “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan. Period. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period.”
We the People are not as stupid as you and your “elite” buddies think we are. The people are really beginning to wake up and those who lied to us better believe we will remember.
Simon Conway is the afternoon drive host of News Radio 1040 WHO-AM in Des Moines, Iowa, a 50,000-watt powerhouse where Ronald Reagan started his career. Conway was born in London. He began his professional career as a 16-year-old journalist at the Jerusalem Post in 1976. Read more reports from Simon Conway — Click Here Now.
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